Music Break: The Who

Won't Get Fooled Again...

1971 Top of the Pops



  1. The perfect music break...

    I've had a lot of discussions about the Who over the years; a lot of people I know don't like them at all. I'll admit they have a lot of songs I honestly don't care if I ever hear again, but of all the "major" 60s bands, it seems like the Who is the one that really galvanizes people, at least in my experience.

    I guess my problem is-no matter what you think of their other music (and I like a lot of it, too)-how in the hell can you NOT think "Won't Get Fooled Again" just plain kicks ass?

    I'm sure it's small-mindedness or just personal feeling on my part, but I just cannot understand NOT loving this song.

    I work in a shop where classic rock is played a lot of the time...I like a lot of it; I get damned sick of some of it but I like a lot of it. But there are a few songs that instantly deliver the energy, just make me jump around and take over my attitude. I should make a list of them sometime, but right now I'm thinking of two: Neil Young's "Rocking In The Free World" and this one. Just pure energy, and always there.

    And you can tell this was lip-synched but only because Daltrey didn't sell that last scream...and "lip-synched" is an insult, because if Moon was faking those drums he did a hell of a con job. I believe.

    Very cool music break, JR!

  2. This album was the only one I consider their "masterpiece" and consider it a once in a lifetime shot. Pretty much they lived on reputation after that I think. It wasn't uncommon on shows like "Top of the Pops" (British version of "American Bandstand") for just about everyone to lip synch because they were not in sound studios, in fact you could barely call them studios because it was tv. Everyone knew The Stones, et all were lip synching but in those days it was enough just to SEE them on tv.

    Sigh...classic rock. I have to hear it a lot also and I have to be honest and say I have come to despise a lot of it. Some of it I liked very much but the best way I can put it is, I'm exhausted by a day of listening to it. Not to mention the mindset of the people who when I suggest something new to them that they probably will really like, they don't even want to hear it. PERIOD.